Dear Harvard UU members and friends,

Last March, the Ministerial Search Committee began our adventure to find the next settled minister of our church. We have spent the past year in deep discernment about who we are as a congregation and where we want to go in the future. We have spent hours analyzing survey results, talking to people in our church, reading, watching sermons, and interviewing. We have learned so much! It is with great confidence and joy that we announce Rev. Jill Cowie as our unanimous choice for our ministerial candidate. Jill is a visionary; she is creative, delivers inspiring sermons, and is committed to social justice and the care of our planet. Most recently, she was a minister in residence at Standing Rock, and chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Early on, she described herself to us as a “passionate learner” and that will be very clear as you get to know her—no moss grows on Jill Cowie.

 

Jill comes to us in her seventh year as a Parish minister. Since her ordination in Franklin, Massachusetts, she has served as minister for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard and First Parish in Cohasset. She moved to Boston last summer with her husband and just finished serving as a sabbatical minister in Duxbury. She is a facilitator for the UUMA continuing education programs and loves to lead service trips to New Orleans, Haiti, Guatemala, and other communities in need. In her spare time, Jill volunteers for organizations advocating for just and equitable housing policies in Boston.

Jill brings a wealth of experiences before coming to ministry. She has been a science teacher at a residential treatment center for high school age students, an Outward Bound Instructor for adjudicated youth, a policy analyst for federal and state employment programs, and a director of local non-profits providing training and economic development services. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, a Masters of Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Seminary. She is also a member of the Greenfield Group, the oldest UU study group.  

She and her husband are parents of four young adult children.  She enjoys reading, birding, traveling, singing, kayaking, hiking, jogging, going to museums, and attending plays and other performance art. She relaxes by making dinner for family and friends, and by walking her dog and gardening.

Now it is your turn to get to know Jill as we have. She will be with us during Candidating Week, May 28 through June 4. She’ll preach both Sunday services on May 28 and June 4, as well as meet with committees, and attend several other events during the week. Mark your calendars now to attend the congregational meeting on June 4 when we will vote on calling Jill Cowie as our new settled minister. You must be a voting member of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist church in order to participate in this decision.

As you wait to meet Jill in person, you may view her website, read our Board’s unanimous approval of the MSC’s recommendation, and check out the Candidating Week schedule.

Thank you for entrusting this committee with the responsibility of bringing us to this point; it was an honor and a privilege to serve our congregation for the past year. We joyfully step back and invite your active participation to call our next settled minister.

In covenant,

Britt Argow, Cary Browse, Fernando Catalina, John Chapman, Tom Daniells, Stacie Cassat Green, Darrell Wickman, and Rebecca Wright
HUUC Ministerial Search Committee